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Monday 15th August

The Bookshop Band at Atkinson-Pryce.

For something completely different, totally unique and rather wonderful... We are delighted to welcome back to Biggar Beth Porter and Ben Please, aka The Bookshop Band for a concert of more delightful songs about books.  These talented musicians have achieved critical recognition and have played venues as varied as Glastonbury and the Pompidou Centre - as well as touring indpendent bookshops!

Come and enjoy their funny, moving and quirky songs by the fireside at the bookshop. 8 pm on 15th August. Ticket £6 from Atkinson-Pryce.  Advance booking recommended.

To find out more about them visit The Bookshop Band website.


Thursday 18th August

We are delighted to announce the wonderful James Robertson will be here, in Biggar, to launch his new book 'To Be Continued...'

Douglas Findhorn Elder is in a sorry state. He's just turned fifty, split up from his girlfriend and been pushed out of his job in an ailing national newspaper. On the night of his birthday, he makes an unexpected new friend: a talking toad. So begins a wild goose chase that will lead Douglas out of his cosy house in Edinburgh and across the country - all the way to crumbling Glentaragar House in the distant West Highlands.

In this gloriously surreal romp, James Robertson proves once and for all that the important things in life - friendship, romance, a very fine malt whisky - come when you least expect them.

Thursday 18th August at the Elphinstone Hotel for 7.30 pm.   Tickets £5 - available from the shop.


Saturday 27th August

Eowyn Ivey is coming back to Biggar!  We are very excited to welcome the author of "The Snow Child" for a literary lunch at the Elphinstone Hotel in Biggar to launch her new novel "To the Bright Edge of the World".  Come along to hear about it and meet the author.

Four years since "The Snow Child" became a global sensation, selling over three-quarters of a million copies world-wide, author Eowyn Ivey is back with her highly anticipated second novel, "To the Bright Edge of the World".  Set against a stark Alaskan landscape during the winter of 1885, the story follows the journey of explorer, Colonel Forrester, through an uncharted wilderness.  Devastated to have been left behind, the adventurous Sophie Forrester embarks on a journey all of her own, which proves to be as challenging as that of her husband's.  Weaving historical fact throughout this tale of discovery and loss, Pulitzer Prize finalist Eowyn Ivey has managed to once again capture that subtle, potent strand of magic that enchanted so many readers of The Snow Child.

Ticket £20, includes lunch and a discount off the book.  Advance booking essential from Atkinson-Pryce Books. 12.30 pm at the Elphinstone Hotel, Biggar


Thursday 8th September

Catriona McPherson pays us a visit with her new Dandy Gilver novel when Dandy and Alex come to Lanark Moor for their latest sleuthing adventure, "Dandy Gilver and a Most Misleading Habit".  AND we celebrate the UK publication of a stand-alone contemporary crime novel "The Child Garden" on that precise day.  The Child Garden has been shortlisted for no less than 4 awards in the USA.


At Atkinson-Pryce, 7.30 pm.  Ticket £5, from the bookshop.


Biggar Little Festival  2016,  20th-30th October

We have an exploring adventuring theme this year for our literary events during BLF, with the exception of the Dastardly Dinner which will be exploring the finer points of forensic science, rather than the wider, wilder world.  Tickets will be available on-line from 20th August, and from us and the Festival Box Office from Saturday 8th October.  Dastardly Dinner tickets from Atkinson-Pryce only, on sale 1st September.


Thursday 20th October

Critically acclaimed author Mallachy Tallack visits Atkinson-Pryce Bookshop to launch his new book “The Un-Discovered Islands”. Author of the hugely successful “60 Degrees North” will be talking about his new book with the intriguing subtitle – “An archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes”.  Gathered in this book are over twenty islands that have decidedly human origins, whether they are the products of imagination, deception or simply human error.  This time Malachy’s prose will be accompanied by glorious full colour illustrations from Katie Scott, creating an atlas of fairytale and wonder. 




Monday 24th October

Endurance 100: a presentation about the centenary expedition celebrating Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. We have invited adventurer David Crichton Henry to join us to talk about his “experience of a lifetime” and its legacy.  Henry co-led the expedition which reached the South Pole successfully on 17th December 2015.  The evening will also introduce the fascinating story of Scottish naturalist and polar explorer William Speirs Bruce and his contribution to the ‘Heroic Ages’ of Antarctic exploration.  Introducing the evening in traditional Edwardian dress to set the scene, Henry will conclude by showing lovely slides and telling amazing stories of the recent expedition.


Wednesday 26th October

Fleet and Withers at Atkinson-Pryce to celebrate publication of “Scotland: Mapping the Islands”. Come and meet the people behind the gorgeous publication “Scotland: Mapping the Nation”.  They have teamed up again to produce another lovely book: “Scotland: Mapping the Islands”. This stunning new book presents the rich and diverse story of Scottish islands from the earliest maps to the most up-to-date techniques of digital mapping in a unique and imaginative way.  Christopher Fleet is Senior Map Curator at the National Library of Scotland and Charles W J Withers is Professor of Historical Geography at the University of Edinburgh.




Saturday 29th October

A Dastardly Dinner with Lin Anderson and Professor Lorna Dawson.  Never mind literary lunches, Atkinson-Pryce Bookshop presents a Dastardly Dinner (at lunchtime!) with crime writer Lin Anderson, whose fictional forensic scientist Rhona Macleod will be joined by real forensic scientist Professor Lorna Dawson of the Hutton Institute for lunch and a discussion about the finer points of forensics and related matters.  12.30 pm at the Elphinstone Hotel.